IT is a ‘pivotal’ moment for a family-run Stockton Heath business that has employed its first two team members with Down syndrome.

Stand Out Socks was founded by brothers Christian and Ross Laing, to raise awareness of Down syndrome.

It was also created with the aim of creating a job for Ross who has Down syndrome and struggled to find work for many years.

And the socks are more than just fashion accessories to the duo, they allow for open discussions on disability inclusion while raising awareness of Down syndrome.

The business has continued to grow over the last few years with Christian and Ross even securing a collaboration with Manchester United.

Warrington Guardian: Ross with one of the business' new employees

Now, the brothers are celebrating a ‘remarkable achievement’ after employing their first two team members with Down syndrome.

This marks a ‘momentous day’ for the company and is a step towards ‘dismantling outdated stereotypes’.

Christian said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Stand Out Socks and we are immensely proud to break new ground in inclusive employment.

“We firmly believe that people with learning disabilities have unique talents and abilities to offer in the workplace.

“Our decision to hire our first team members with Down syndrome is a testament to our commitment to diversity and inclusion."